Mike Pence and Donald Trump met in the Oval Office Monday night to mend their deeply damaged relationship, shattered by the riots on Wednesday.
Trump unleashed his supporters on Pence on Wednesday, accusing his vice president of failing to support him in his attempt to overturn the election.
A crowd of MAGA hatters stormed the Capitol and roamed the corridors asking Pence to hang it. A gallows was even set up in front of the congress.
A high-profile Trump supporter, attorney Lin Wood, who was praised by Trump for his "good work" in the field of election fraud, called on Pence to face the firing squad.
But on Monday night, Pence, who reportedly had not spoken to Trump during or after the uprising, was at the White House for a meeting that was described as cordial by aides.
CNN reported that Pence and his staff wanted to show that the country was not in complete disarray.
"We need to telegraph our allies and adversaries that we have a fully functioning government," the source said.
Mike Pence, pictured with Trump in the Oval Office in September, met the President on Monday
Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts tweeted a summary of the meeting
Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts reported that a senior administration official said, "The two had a good chat, discussed the coming week, and reflected on the past four years of work and achievements of the administration."
The official said the two men united in their contempt for the rioters and denied those who stormed the Capitol.
"They affirmed that those who broke the law and stormed the Capitol last week did not represent the America First movement, which is backed by 75 million Americans, and pledged to work on behalf of the country for the remainder of their terms continue. "
Pence, once known for his loyalty and submissiveness to the President, angered Trump with both his refusal to topple the election and his announcement that he would attend Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. Trump has confirmed he won't be there.
Pence, a devout Christian, enraged Trump at his position in the elections, and Trump repeatedly tried to change his mind.
"Do the brave, Mike," Trump said in a meeting, the Washington Post reported.
"It will be bad for you and the country if you don't," Trump said at another time, according to an official describing the meeting.
Marc Short, the vice president's chief of staff, preparing for an inevitable clash between the two men, one person who spoke to him told the newspaper and never thought that pence might please the president.
Trump tried to convince Pence through Wednesday morning, it was reported.
A former senior official told the newspaper that the rift between the two men was highly unusual.
"The president could say, 'Mike, I want you to go to Asia' and he would, or, 'Mike, I want you to take over the coronavirus task force,' and he would do it without anything to be questioned, said the former official.
“Pence would spend hours in the oval. Pence would come in, he would get his daily assignment, and then he would find out when the President was coming to the oval and then he would go there and they would spend hours together.
"That they no longer speak is a paradigm that I just would never have imagined."
However, the meeting seemed to indicate that the couple were trying to fix things and that Pence was not going to push the 25th Amendment.
It was reported on Sunday that he had not yet made up his mind, although it was "unlikely" that he would press for the president to be removed.
On the Monday before their meeting, Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats pushed for impeachment proceedings.
The impeachment is due to be considered Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. if Trump refuses to step down and Pence does not initiate further proceedings to remove him.
The impeachment efforts themselves will dominate the final week of Trump's presidency and will almost certainly produce an historic result: for the first time in history, a president has been charged twice.
Following the vote in the House of Representatives, the items are expected to be sent immediately to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced a trial chaired by Supreme Court Justice John Roberts that is not expected to begin in the upper chamber until January 19 becomes.
Trump can still be charged after he resigns from office.
Trump on Wednesday told his supporters to "fight" to "persuade" Pence to block Biden's election
A crowd of Trump supporters left his rally on Wednesday and went straight to the Capitol
Trump supporters climbed the walls of the Capitol and broke for the first time since 1814
Congress officials barricade themselves after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol
The vice president pictured on Thursday enraged the president and his supporters by denying Trump's demand that Pence stop confirming Joe Biden's election victory
Pence could certainly be forgiven for being reluctant to save Trump from the 25th Amendment.
While Pence sought refuge from the mob on Wednesday, Trump tweeted at 2:24 pm: "Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our constitution, and gave states the opportunity to a to certify corrected facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones that they were previously required to attest. USA demands the truth! & # 39;
Trump watched the storming of the Capitol live on TV, leaving Pence to call the National Guard and secure the building. Trump was credited with conjuring up reinforcements on Sunday.
McConnell was evacuated from the Capitol but commended Pence for his actions.
"Although the Vice President and I were not together during the evacuation, he was personally very involved and in close contact with me as we worked to secure much-needed resources to thwart the mob, and I really appreciate these efforts" McConnell said in a statement to the Washington Post.
McConnell told others he was angry with Trump and plans to never speak to him again.
Pence skipped his speech ahead of the Republican National Committee meeting scheduled for the next day and did not come to the White House.
He returned on Friday.
White House aides were shocked and saddened that Trump attacked Pence, the Washington Post reported.
A senior administration official described it as "irresponsible, even for the president".
"We're very happy that Mike Pence is a decent guy and is rational and level-headed," said Joe Grogan, former head of Trump's domestic affairs council.
He told the newspaper: “If he had been replaced by someone as crazy as the people who have surrounded the president as chief adviser for the past few months, we could have taken more bloodbaths.
"Imagine what would have happened if Pence had been sneaky and mean and not campaigning for the Constitution."
Twitter was forced to intervene and stop the "Hang Mike Pence" trend following the MAGA mob uprising in which Donald Trump supporters demanded the execution of the Vice President and untied a noose in front of the Capitol
Trump claimed on Sunday that he had called up the National Guard rather than pence
Twitter stepped in to catch the trend of & # 39; Hang Mike Pence & # 39; stop after the MAGA mob riot after the sentence started trending on the platform in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The social media giant banned Trump permanently on Friday evening and referred to the risk of "further incitement to violence".
A screenshot shows that at 1:26 a.m., more than 14,400 Twitter users had used the phrase.
Twitter confirmed in a statement to Newsweek that it tried to block the phrase for breaking the trending topic rules.
“We blocked the trend and other variations of it. We want trends to encourage healthy discussions on Twitter. This means that sometimes we can prevent certain content from being trending, ”said a spokesman.
"As we've helped, there are rules for trending. If we identify accounts that violate those rules, we take enforcement action."
The phrase was out of trending later in the day and will not appear on the Twitter Trending USA website that tracks trending topics.
The rule in the Twitter Help is to prevent violent threats against individuals, as well as the glorification of violence.
The threatening sentence surfaced online after the uprising on Wednesday when Trump supporters – including white Supremacists, QAnon fanatics and Proud Boys – forcibly broke into the Capitol in an attack that killed five people.
Horrible footage from the siege scene shows a mob singing "Hang Mike Pence" as they storm the building.
A Reuters photographer who covered the uprising also claimed he had heard at least three Trump supporters speak of hanging the Vice President on a tree as a "traitor".
Jim Bourg, the Reuters News Pictures Editor in DC, Tweeted Friday that he heard "many more" speak of Pence's execution as they stormed the Capitol and tried to chase him down.
"I heard at least three different rioters at the Capitol say they were hoping to find Vice President Mike Pence and put him to death by hanging him on a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor," Bourg said.